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President’s Message

Farmers, both men and women in Rajarata, the heartland of our rice economy, have been suffering from a fatal kidney disease for the last two decades. Both Sri Lankan experts and the World Health Organization (WHO) have found the cause of this illness to be the mixing of brackish waters with sub-standard fertilizers and agrochemicals

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Four Pillars of National Development

In manifestation of his vision described within the Presidential Manifesto , Four Presidential Task Force groups were appointed to carry out strategic policies, programs and guidelines within key sectors of nation importance.

National Food Production Program 2016-2018

Sri Lanka spends around Rs. 200 billion annually to import main food items including livestock and fisheries products. However, there is a possibility of producing most of the imported food items domestically with high quality and it has been a timely need in order to save the foreign exchange spent on food import.

Considering the consumption pattern of Sri Lanka, nutritionists have recommended that a person should consume 200 grams of vegetables and fruits each per day. However, present day consumption level is 100 grams only. Current per capita consumption of sea food including fish is only 40 grams, although the recommended quantity is to be 60 grams per day. Further, a person in Sri Lanka consumes low level of dairy products despite the fact that 100 ml per day is required. This has been resulted in low level of nutrition among people in Sri Lanka.

In considering the above facts, “National Food Production Programme” is to be implemented during the period from 2016 to 2018 to achieve self-sufficiency in quality food through strategies and activities, proposed by the relevant national and provincial line ministries, departments and institutions.

Objectives:

  • Make the country self-sufficient in food which can be produced locally, utilizing the lands available in optimal manner thus saving foreign exchange on food imports.
  • Produce sufficient quality food for people by adopting environmentally friendly cultivation methods and using chemicals for weeds and pests to the extent of minimum possible.
  • Ensure food security through proper management of buffer stocks.
  • Ensure balanced development in the country through introducing and implementing a food production programme based on agro-eco zones.
  • Minimize production cost and maximize productivity through application of quality inputs and appropriate technological methods.
  • Establish a proper coordination among all stakeholders who are involved in the domestic food production programme and make it part and parcel of daily life of people including school children, farmer organizations and civil organizations.

National Drug Prevention Program

Summary
Excessive usage of drugs and alcohol has been a grave issue faced by this country for the last few decades. Surveys undertaken reveal that out of low-income families, 1/3 of the income is spent for the use of cigarettes and alcohol while more than 22% is spent on medication and cure of patients suffering from nicotine and alcohol related diseases.

In order to effectively combat the spread of nicotine, alcohol and drugs in Sri Lanka, greater focus on programs that are implemented through a policy frame work that’s is strengthened not only legally but also

Vision:
In accordance with the manifesto of President Maithreepala Sirisena the vision of the program is to create a Sri Lanka free of intoxication which will form the foundation for economic , social and cultural development

Mission
To proactively seek and systematically reduce the usage of Alcohol, Tobacco and illegal Narcotics, reducing its harmful effects among all Sri Lankans leading to increased health , wellbeing, greater productivity and reduction of poverty.


Five key Objectives of the Program

  • Reduce the produce , supply and sale of illegal narcotics and alcohol a minimum of 80% by the year 2020 with respect to 2014 .
  • Reduce the individual consumption of alcohol a minimum of 25% by the year 2020 with respect to 2014 .
  • Reduce the consumption of tobacco usage a minimum of 50% by the year 2020 with respect to 2014
  • Reduce the number of vehicle accidents that occurred due to consumption of alcohol a minimum of 50% by the year 2020 with respect to 2014
  • Prevent new users coming into contact with narcotics

Kidney Program

Summary
The keen interest of H.E the president, in eradication and prevention of chronic kidney disease spreading specially in 10 districts led the establishment of the Presidential Task force on Prevention of Kidney Disease of uncertain etiology. Primary Objective of the task force is to manage the chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) and prevent further spreading with the coordination of respective authorities and ensure, awareness, preventive and welfare measures are in place to the benefit of the effected community.

Vision
Eradicating diseases of uncertain etiology

Mission
Harnessing and sharing knowledge, application of best practices, preventing occurrence & guaranteeing treatment and ensuring welfare of the affected through a process of coordination

Key Objectives

  • Gather the latest Knowledge through various sources and share them with interested parties including community to lead better practices
  • Identify the best practices through gathered knowledge to upgrade the preventative measures of chronic kidney disease of uncertain etiology.
  • Implement best practices that were identified through gathered knowledge, in an effective manner towards the cause ensuring NO to CKDu.
  • Ensure early and effective treatments to patients through respective authorities.
  • Strengthen the mechanism of social welfare facility for effected families.
  • Highest possible coordination through respective authorities ensuring the end benefit to effected community in view of eradicating chronic kidney disease of uncertain etiology from Sri Lanka.

Objective(s)

  • To give leadership and direction to all sectors of Sri Lankan society, to build a new Sri Lanka, in accordance with the vision of the President.
  • To provide secretarial assistance to the President in the discharge of his constitutional and statutory responsibilities.
  • To promote and co – ordinate the policy formulation process of government agencies for translating the President’s vision and policy statements into effective governmental action.
  • To promote harmony and develop synergies between governmental activities and those of other sectors of Sri Lankan society.
  • To redress grievances of the people.

Vision

The office of the Head of State and Government to be a centre of professional excellence, giving leadership and direction for translating into action the President’s vision for Sri Lanka.

Mission

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